We arrived in Anacortes on June 14 and have been BUSY ever since. We've cleaned out the heat exchanger on the generator and installed a new GPS (The device that tells us where we are in the planet.) After multiple visits to Costco we departed to on June 27 for Delta Marine in Tsehum, BC for scheduled work. We had commissioned a new swim step which was ready to install.
"Intrepid" Comes out of the Water
We also installed an additional zinc anode on the transom and replaced the others. (Zincs protect the boat's important underwater metal parts from electrically dissolving over time.) In addition, we had some work done on the electronic interface between the GPS and the autopilot. After a day and a night "on the hard" we were off for three days in Friday Harbor to visit with friends.
And there were other reasons for coming back to the US. We buy all our wine and gin in the US because we can get what we want. But, we have to pay duty on it in Canada and once in Canada we can only bring two bottles back to the US without paying duty again. And another "but". We had to come back to the US in order to get the Canadian taxes we paid on the boat work rebated back - about $700. So our friend, Judy Moore, took our booze to Friday Harbor where we loaded it all back on the boat after returning from Tsehum. When we crossed back to Canada we declared our alcohol and paid the duty ($500). So, in the end, it was a net loss to Canada of $200. Besides, about once every three years the Canadian customs decides not to assess the duty (too busy, computer down, etc) and we're off free!!
Off with the Old
While all of that was going on we also had a marine surveyor crawling all over the boat. These are guys who assess the safety and value of the boat. A new survey is required by the insurance companies every five years. We are changing insurance companies this year, anyway, so either way a new survey is required.
On with the New